• Ashley McGough

Fauci Discusses What It Will Take to Put COVID-19 Behind Us

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci who was speaking to the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council, COVID-19 has now infected more than 30 million people worldwide.

One of the things you need to understand, it’s the combination of how effective a vaccine is and how many people use it” he said.

This is all the more important if the vaccine developed for COVID-19, is moderately instead of highly effective. “If the vaccine is moderately effective, enough that you definitely want to use it, then you’re going to have to get a lot more people to get vaccinated to get that veil of protection in the community.” Fauci said during the remote interview.

Fauci has stated during various interviews that he was hopeful that a coronavirus vaccine could be developed by early 2021, but has regularly said it’s unlikely that a vaccine will deliver 100% immunity; the best realistic outcome, based on other vaccines, would be 70% to 75% effective. The measles vaccine, Fauci said, 'is among the most effective by providing 97% immunity.'

‘With the combination of a good vaccine along with public-health measures, we may be able to put this coronavirus outbreak behind us the way we put the original SARS behind us and, hopefully, in the way we put MERS, or the Middle East Respiratory System, behind us.’ he stated. “I’m optimistic about this even though we’re going through, globally, a terrible time right now,” Fauci told the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. “There will be an end to this, and we’ll be able to get back to normal.”

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